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Monitor Movie Guide

A year of Monitor movie reviews.

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Title MPAA Rating Monitor Rating Review Date
'Presenting Princess Shaw' is about an improbable pairing that is ineffably right Unrated 2016-05-27
'Unlocking the Cage' makes a reasonable case for personhood for animals Unrated 2016-05-27
'X-Men: Apocalypse' storylines would have benefited from major pruning PG-13 2016-05-26
'Alice Through the Looking Glass' substitutes technological phantasmagoria for genuine wonderment PG 2016-05-26
'The Nice Guys' has garish violence and few laughs R 2016-05-20
'Weiner': The protagonist of the documentary remains something of a cipher R 2016-05-20
'Maggie's Plan': Some of it plays like a generic indie rom-com R 2016-05-20
'The Measure of a Man' is the powerful story of the quiet desperation of the economically dispossessed Unrated 2016-05-20
'A Monster With a Thousand Heads' is a political outcry Unrated 2016-05-20
'Money Monster' becomes an unintentional parody R 2016-05-13
'The Lobster' asks too much of viewers R 2016-05-13
'Dark Horse' is a slight but winning tale of unlikely success PG 2016-05-06
'Dheepan' is hard-hitting but has a contrived ending R 2016-05-06
'Captain America: Civil War' is too much of a pretty good thing PG-13 2016-05-05
'The Family Fang,' the story of an eccentric family, features impressive performances R 2016-04-29
'Vita Activa: The Spirit of Hannah Arendt' presents naysayers and supporters of the philosopher Unrated 2016-04-29
'The Man Who Knew Infinity' is tepid and disappointing PG-13 2016-04-29
'The Jungle Book' has extraordinary effects and wonderful voice talent PG 2016-04-15
'Notfilm' is a manic and meditative look at one of the great curiosities in film history Unrated 2016-04-15
'The Boss' is not worthy of star Melissa McCarthy R 2016-04-08
'Demolition' is a tour de force for Jake Gyllenhaal but the film isn't a success R 2016-04-08
'Francofonia' is occasionally juvenile but has a sinuous grace Unrated 2016-04-08
'My Golden Days' is too knowingly coy for its own good R 2016-04-01
'Miles Ahead': The biopic confuses anguish with artistry R 2016-04-01
'Born to Be Blue' is unsatisfying and fragmented Unrated 2016-03-25
'Fastball': The documentary could win over audiences who aren't baseball fans Unrated 2016-03-25
'Remember' is preposterous but Christopher Plummer brings pathos and dignity R 2016-03-18
'Sweet Bean' is a delicate little fable held together by actress Kirin Kiki Unrated 2016-03-18
'Lolo' is mildly enjoyable but meant to be funnier than it is Unrated 2016-03-11
'Marguerite' asks viewers to take a passion for music as a value in itself R 2016-03-11
'Knight of Cups': Director Terrence Malick's movies have become increasingly somnolent R 2016-03-04
'The Wave' has familiar disaster movie tropes in a Scandinavian setting R 2016-03-04
'Embrace of the Serpent': Director Ciro Guerra's technique can be meditative but also just vaporous Unrated 2016-02-26
'A War': The issues at stake are more complex than the film R 2016-02-19
'Deadpool' is less irreverent than self-congratulatory R 2016-02-12
'Mountains May Depart': The film's final section doesn't hold up to the rest Unrated 2016-02-12
'Hail, Caesar!' is sharp and amusing but a minor work by the Coen brothers PG-13 2016-02-05
'Rams' is a one-of-a-kind movie because of its unusual subject and shape-shifty tone R 2016-02-04
'Rabin, the Last Day' would be better without stiff reenactments Unrated 2016-01-29
'The Finest Hours' is a seafaring story that's resolutely old-fashioned PG-13 2016-01-29
'The Messenger': Its worthy ecocentric message can't hold a candle to the film's beauty Unrated 2016-01-22
'13 Hours' keeps the action at full throttle – for better or worse R 2016-01-15
'Troublemakers: The Story of Land Art' could have used more debate on what is truly art Unrated 2016-01-15
Orson Welles' 'Chimes at Midnight' is likely the greatest Shakespearean film ever Unrated 2016-01-06
'45 Years' has terrific acting, directing, and writing R 2015-12-30
'Anomalisa': Puppets are invested with a full range of human emotion R 2015-12-30
'The Hateful Eight' is overscaled and underfelt R 2015-12-24
'Concussion' doesn't have enough to say about the national obsession with football PG-13 2015-12-24
'The Revenant': The ultra-violent catalogue of horrors is over-the-top R 2015-12-24
'Joy' is full of whiplash changes in mood PG-13 2015-12-24
'Where to Invade Next' is kinder, gentler Michael Moore R 2015-12-23
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'Son of Saul' has powerful sequences but is too hypercontrolled R 2015-12-18
'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' is the best movie in the series since 'Empire Strikes Back' PG-13 2015-12-16
'In the Heart of the Sea' is serviceable but mostly unstirring PG-13 2015-12-11
'Boy & the World' is a wonderment PG 2015-12-11
'The Big Short' is entertaining but has a kid-glove attitude toward amorality R 2015-12-11
'Macbeth': Director Justin Kurzel is big on bluster and broadsword battles R 2015-12-04
'Youth': Director Paolo Sorrentino's magic is all smoke and mirrors R 2015-12-04
'The Lady in the Van' is a showcase for a great performance by Maggie Smith PG-13 2015-12-04
'The Danish Girl': The protagonist remains something of a mystery R 2015-11-27
'In Jackson Heights' is a marvelous look at the clash and glory of human diversity Unrated 2015-11-27
'The Good Dinosaur': The script is functional, the animation is not memorable PG 2015-11-25
'Carol' is carefully appointed outside, chilly inside R 2015-11-20
'Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words' is a comprehensive portrait of the actress's life Unrated 2015-11-20
'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2': Actress Jennifer Lawrence is still formidable PG-13 2015-11-19
'The 33' unearths several thousand tons of clichés PG-13 2015-11-13
'By the Sea' is a snooze that doesn't do its co-stars any favors R 2015-11-13
'Song of Lahore' doesn't acknowledge musicians' sacrifices PG 2015-11-13
'Frame By Frame' is an excellent look at how photojournalism can change the world Unrated 2015-11-13
'Spotlight' is hard-hitting but has too many journalism tropes R 2015-11-06
'Spectre' references old Bond movies without a fresh spin (+video) PG-13 2015-11-06
'Brooklyn' is wonderfully heartwarming and vibrant PG-13 2015-11-04
'Top Spin': The movie is charming because of the table tennis competitors' intensity Unrated 2015-10-30
'The Armor of Light' is gripping and a dual portrait in courage PG-13 2015-10-30
'Suffragette': Actress Carey Mulligan is a fiercely intelligent performer PG-13 2015-10-23
'Heart of a Dog' is a confounding, transfixing mélange Unrated 2015-10-21
'Bridge of Spies': The best aspect of the movie is the friendship between a lawyer and Soviet spy PG-13 2015-10-16
'Truth' is worth seeing for Cate Blanchett's firebrand performance R 2015-10-16
'Beasts of No Nation' turns up the temperature too far on atrocities Unrated 2015-10-16
'Steve Jobs' is an old-school movie in new-style camouflage R 2015-10-09
'The Martian' is entertaining but lacks awe PG-13 2015-10-02
'Freeheld' is ponderous but Michael Shannon is a standout PG-13 2015-10-02
'The Walk': The film does nothing to analyze Philippe Petit's psyche PG 2015-09-29
'Becoming Bulletproof' is haphazard but moving Unrated 2015-09-25
'Labyrinth of Lies' is stiff but examines a historically neglected subject R 2015-09-25
'Black Mass': Johnny Depp holds the screen as pure malevolence R 2015-09-18
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'Pawn Sacrifice': The real story overwhelms its dramatization PG-13 2015-09-16
'A Brilliant Young Mind': Star Sally Hawkins gives a performance of remarkable grace and sensitivity Unrated 2015-09-11
'Breathe' is an increasingly compelling psychological thriller Unrated 2015-09-11
'Time Out of Mind' has a forlorn mood that is evocative when it's not wearying - 2015-09-09
'Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine' amply demonstrates why Jobs' strategies were revolutionary R 2015-09-04
'Rosenwald' provokes gratitude for the deeds of its subject Unrated 2015-08-28
'The Second Mother' enters interesting terrain then pulls back R 2015-08-28
'No Escape' amps the action and keeps the terror taut R 2015-08-26
'Grandma': Star Lily Tomlin overdoes the crusty routine R 2015-08-21
'We Come as Friends' opens a wide window into South Sudan Unrated 2015-08-21
'Mistress America': The dialogue and the characters should be sharper R 2015-08-14
'Fantastic Four' has pallid plotting and cheesy effects PG-13 2015-08-07
'The Diary of a Teenage Girl': The way it treats risqué material is a cop-out R 2015-08-07
'The End of the Tour' captures the relationship between writing and celebrity R 2015-08-07
'Ricki and the Flash' is just another movie about families gone wild PG-13 2015-08-07
'Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation' makes the audience feel for the characters (+video) PG-13 2015-07-31
'Best of Enemies' is a terrific documentary about the Vidal-Buckley debates R 2015-07-31
'Listen to Me Marlon' is an amazing look at the legendary thespian Unrated 2015-07-29
'The Look of Silence' returns to the disturbing story told in 'Act of Killing' PG-13 2015-07-24
'The Outrageous Sophie Tucker' justifies its subject's fleeting fame Unrated 2015-07-24
'Southpaw': Jake Gyllenhaal as a boxer makes the movie watchable (+video) R 2015-07-24
'Trainwreck' has gross-outs but is actually almost sweet R 2015-07-17
'Mr. Holmes': Ian McKellan gives a marvelous performance as Sherlock PG 2015-07-17
'Irrational Man': The film would be a real slog without Emma Stone R 2015-07-17
'Ant-Man' is fairly good fun when not bogged down in exposition PG-13 2015-07-16
'Amy,' the documentary about Amy Winehouse, is a powerfully sad experience R 2015-07-10
'Cartel Land' is eye-opening and shows the shades of gray R 2015-07-10
'Magic Mike XXL' relentlessly targets its audience (+video) R 2015-07-01
'The Tribe' doesn't attempt to get inside the psychology of its characters Unrated 2015-06-26
'What Happened, Miss Simone?' takes too simplistic a view of the singer's life Unrated 2015-06-24
'Infinitely Polar Bear' never comes to terms with the story's dangers R 2015-06-19
'Inside Out': There's verve in the animation and wit in the byplay PG 2015-06-19
'The Wolfpack' is a fascinating documentary about an unusual family R 2015-06-19
'Madame Bovary' may just be an unfilmable book R 2015-06-12
'Me and Earl and the Dying Girl': The teenager story rings more true than false PG-13 2015-06-12
'Jurassic World' looks like low-to-mid-range Spielberg PG-13 2015-06-11
'Spy' is far from a laugh riot (+video) R 2015-06-05
'Testament of Youth': Star Alicia Vikander is a ferociously intuitive performer PG-13 2015-06-05
'Love & Mercy' is one of the oddest biopics ever made PG-13 2015-06-05
'Entourage' lacks heart and a head R 2015-06-03
'San Andreas' has remarkable CGI effects (+video) PG-13 2015-05-29
'Sunshine Superman' shows appeal of cliff-jumping (+video) PG 2015-05-29
'Aloha' is a genial but tepid romantic comedy PG-13 2015-05-29
Satyajit Ray’s 'Apu Trilogy,' now restored, is a masterpiece Unrated 2015-05-29
'Tomorrowland' is sweet but mostly earthbound PG 2015-05-22
'The Connection' is watchable but all too predictable R 2015-05-22
'In the Name of My Daughter' has its true-crime fascinations R 2015-05-22
'Mad Max: Fury Road' has impressive action but never lightens up (+video) R 2015-05-15
'Slow West' has some marvelous black humor R 2015-05-15
'I Am Big Bird' is affectionately saccharine Unrated 2015-05-15
'1001 Grams' has dry humor but is also melancholy Unrated 2015-05-08
'Forbidden Films' raises interesting moral arguments Unrated 2015-05-06
'Far From the Madding Crowd' is fresh and far from Hardy lite PG-13 2015-05-01
'Because I Was A Painter': The works depicted are extraordinary as documents as well as pieces of art Unrated 2015-05-01
'Avengers: Age of Ultron' is semi-enjoyable but not as good as the first (+video) PG-13 2015-04-30
'The Water Diviner' is sloggy and heartfelt (+video) R 2015-04-24
'Tangerines' is a benign brotherhood-of-man parable Unrated 2015-04-24
'Félix and Meira': Actors Hadas Yaron and Martin Dubreuil make the story resonate R 2015-04-24
'True Story': A 'creepy' tale of murderer Christian Longo R 2015-04-17
'Clouds of Sils Maria': Acting out a diva's rite of passage R 2015-04-10
'About Elly': a skillful sociological thriller Unrated 2015-04-10
'Effie Gray' is tastefully dour PG-13 2015-04-03
'While We're Young' is skimpy in its female characterizations R 2015-04-03
'Furious 7' is graceless but handles Paul Walker's exit well (+video) PG-13 2015-04-02
'Serena' aims for tragic monumentality but hits very wide of the mark R 2015-03-27
'The Salt of the Earth' does justice to Sebastião Salgado's life and art PG-13 2015-03-27
'The Gunman': Sean Penn is too fine an actor to be mired in nonstop shoot-outs R 2015-03-20
'Danny Collins': The film's premise is promising but the protagonist is a theatrical conceit R 2015-03-20
'Cinderella': The new live-action version of the fairy tale never soars (+video) PG 2015-03-13
'Seymour: An Introduction' masterfully conveys the sheer passion involved with great music PG 2015-03-13
'Merchants of Doubt' approaches the climate change controversy from a novel angle R 2015-03-06
'The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel': The movie is 'second-best' to the first movie PG 2015-03-06
'Focus' seems more like a travelogue than a caper film R 2015-02-27
'The Salvation': For western fans, watching this movie is like encountering an old friend R 2015-02-27
''71' is an effective thriller but sometimes too evenhanded R 2015-02-27
'McFarland, USA': Star Kevin Costner is excellent as a high school coach (+video) PG 2015-02-20
'Wild Tales': Some of the stories are first-rate, others are misfires R 2015-02-20
'Queen and Country' is less audacious than its predecessor 'Hope and Glory' Unrated 2015-02-20
'Kingsman: The Secret Service': Samuel L. Jackson is hilarious as the villain R 2015-02-13
'Ballet 422': The graceful documentary wisely focuses on the rehearsal process PG 2015-02-13
'Gett' is powerful and doesn't demonize any of its characters Unrated 2015-02-13
'Fifty Shades of Grey': The movie takes itself far too seriously R 2015-02-12
'Mommy' is mostly gaudy shout-fests R 2015-02-06
'Timbuktu' gives jihadists a human face PG-13 2015-02-06
'Jupiter Ascending': The nutty movie isn't exactly 'The Matrix' PG-13 2015-02-05
'Black Sea': The submarine movie is full of clichés R 2015-01-30
'Red Army' is a lively documentary about the famous Soviet hockey team PG 2015-01-30
'Cake,' starring Jennifer Aniston, could have used more layers R 2015-01-23
'Winter Sleep' is a magnificent film that recalls Chekhov and Eugene O'Neill Unrated 2015-01-23
'Blackhat' shows it isn't easy dramatizing cyber intrigue R 2015-01-16
'The Humbling' is a marvelous black comedy with deadpan flair R 2015-01-16
'Song of the Sea,' an animated feature from Ireland, has transcendent imagery PG 2015-01-09
'Two Days, One Night' deftly offers up a microcosm of an entire working-class contingent PG-13 2015-01-09
Despite fine acting, 'A Most Violent Year' lacks some punch R 2014-12-31
'Leviathan' goes deep on man versus state in modern Russia R 2014-12-31
'The Interview' is a political comedy that's neither political nor funny R 2014-12-26
'Into the Woods,' starring Meryl Streep, stays true to stage version PG 2014-12-24
'Unbroken': Angelina Jolie's direction is too conventional for such a harrowing story PG-13 2014-12-24
'American Sniper' as taut as anything Clint Eastwood has ever directed R 2014-12-24
'Big Eyes' doesn't probe allure of the art PG-13 2014-12-24
'Selma' shows Martin Luther King, Jr. was flawed, yet focused PG-13 2014-12-24
'Mr. Turner': The protagonist is only a caricature R 2014-12-19
'Annie' eerily ignores the current rich/poor divide (+video) PG 2014-12-19
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'Exodus: Gods and Kings' isn't satisfying in its epic scope or its religiosity (+video) PG-13 2014-12-12
'Top Five' is ostensibly soul-deep but needs more than smirks and scowls R 2014-12-12
'Inherent Vice' misses the yearning and despair inside noirish shenanigans R 2014-12-12
'Still Alice' skimps on other characters besides the protagonist PG-13 2014-12-05
'Wild': Actress Reese Witherspoon delivers an impressive performance R 2014-12-03
'Once Upon a Time, Veronica' is a bit dissolute and daffy Unrated 2014-11-28
'The Imitation Game': Benedict Cumberbatch's performance is more interesting than the movie PG-13 2014-11-28
'The Tale of Princess Kaguya' is a near masterpiece PG 2014-11-21